KEITH R HEGGEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 100 OF THE WALL

KEITH RUSSELL HEGGEN

WALL NAME

KEITH R HEGGEN

PANEL / LINE

1W/100

DATE OF BIRTH

09/01/1931

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/21/1972

HOME OF RECORD

RENWICK

COUNTY OF RECORD

Humboldt County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR KEITH RUSSELL HEGGEN
POSTED ON 1.19.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award

SYNOPSIS: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V" (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel Keith Russell Heggen, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 pilot with the 340th Bomb Squadron, in action over Southeast Asia in 1972. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Heggen reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
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POSTED ON 1.19.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Flying Cross Award (2nd Award)

SYNOPSIS: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V" to Lieutenant Colonel Keith Russell Heggen, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 pilot with the 340th Bomb Squadron, in action over Southeast Asia in 1972. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Colonel Heggen reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/27847
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POSTED ON 1.19.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Prisoner of War Medal Award

CITATION:
Colonel Keith Russell Heggen, United States Air Force, was held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from December 21, 1972 until his death in captivity on or about December 26, 1972.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/27847
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POSTED ON 12.28.2020

Operation Linebacker II - December 18-29, 1972

Operation Linebacker II was a U.S. 7th Air Force and U.S. Navy Task Force 77 aerial bombing campaign, conducted against targets in North Vietnam during the final period of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The operation took place December 18-29, 1972, leading to several informal names such as "The December Raids" and "The Christmas Bombings." Linebacker II was a "maximum effort" bombing campaign to destroy major target complexes in the Hanoi and Haiphong areas, which could only be accomplished by B-52s. It saw the largest heavy bomber strikes launched by the U.S. Air Force since the end of World War II. During Operation Linebacker II, a total of 741 B-52 sorties were dispatched to bomb North Vietnam; 729 completed their missions. B-52s dropped a total of 15,237 tons of ordnance on eighteen industrial and fourteen military targets, including eight surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites, while fighter-bombers added another 5,000 tons of bombs to the tally. Another 212 B-52 missions were flown within South Vietnam in support of ground operations during the campaign. North Vietnamese forces fired about 1,240 SAMs. The Air Force lost 15 B-52 bombers, which amounted to a loss rate of less than two percent. Ten B-52s were shot down over the North and five others were damaged and crashed in Laos or Thailand. Thirty-three B-52 crew members were killed or missing in action, another thirty-three became prisoners of war, and twenty-six more were rescued. The lost B-52 crewmen included SMSGT Walter L. Ferguson, LTC Donald L. Rissi, CAPT Robert J. Thomas, MAJ Richard W. Cooper Jr., CMSGT Charlie S. Poole, MAJ Irwin S. Lerner, CMSGT Arthur V. McLaughlin Jr., LTC Randolph A. Perry Jr., LTC John F. Stuart, CAPT Craig A. Paul, MAJ Warren R. Spencer, MSGT Charles J. Bebus, COL Keith R. Heggen, COL Edward H. Johnson, MAJ Robert R. Lynn, CAPT Donavan K. Walters, CAPT Randall J. Craddock, MAJ Charles E. Darr, COL Bobby A. Kirby, CAPT George B. Lockhart, CAPT Ronald D. Perry, COL Frank A. Gould, COL Gerald W. Alley, MAJ Thomas W. Bennett Jr., CAPT Joseph B. Copack Jr., CAPT Robert J. Morris Jr., MAJ Nutter J. Wimbrow III, LTC Donald A. Joyner, MAJ Lawrence J. Marshall, CAPT Roy T. Tabler, CAPT James M. Turner, 1LT Bennie L. Fryer, and LTC Allen L. Johnson. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, wikipedia.org, and airforcemag.com]
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POSTED ON 5.3.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl Keith Heggan,
Thank you for your service as an Air Operations Officer. I am glad you were identified in 1992. Welcome Home. The war was years ago, but we all need to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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